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Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:26 PM

Centrist Dems fret about Warren's prime role at convention

Elizabeth Warren's plum speaking slot at next month's Democratic National Convention has prompted misgivings among some centrist Democrats, who worry the Massachusetts Senate candidate could turn off independent voters.

Democrats announced this week that they had tapped Warren, the former consumer financial protection czar who's challenging Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) this fall, to deliver a prime time address before a national television audience. A popular figure among progressive activists, Warren has built a reputation as an outspoken critic of the excesses of Wall Street — a kind of populism Democrats are hoping to showcase at their convention.

But some members of the party wonder if selecting a figure like Warren — whom Republicans have sought to characterize as an out-of-touch elitist and cloistered Harvard professor — might hurt the party on a national level. She will speak the evening of Weds., Sept. 5, before a famed centrist Democrat: former President Bill Clinton.

“Having someone from the more extreme wing of the party, being given the primetime slot sends the wrong message to people in the middle who are legitimately up for grabs in this race," said Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA).



http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/02/13086806-centrist-dems-fret-about-warrens-prime-role-at-convention

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Reply Centrist Dems fret about Warren's prime role at convention (Original post)
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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:28 PM

1. They should fret about being completely useless to the left. nt

 

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:28 PM

2. Anything that sends "Centrist" Dems to the fainting couch makes me happy.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:29 PM

3. Sigh

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:29 PM

4. "Extreme wing?"

That's interesting, Mr. Altmire.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:30 PM

5. If they weren't fretting about that, they would be fretting about

what she was going to wear.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:33 PM

6. Republican Lite Dems Hearing Footsteps, Get Scared.

Better headline.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:33 PM

7. A$$ Altmire lost his primary

so what he says is moot.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:43 PM

16. Really? From which direction?

To a populist left candidate or a DINO?

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:33 PM

8. Hey Centrist Dems - Screw you

and the middle of the roaders

When blue dog dems are excised from the party, we will truly be the Democratic Party again

thank heavens for Elizabeth Warren and all those who think like her

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:47 PM

9. I'd much rather hear from someone in the Democratic wing of

 

the Democratic Party and Professor Warren fills that bill to a t.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:50 PM

10. "Turn off independent voters"? What about her would possibly do that?

The only people who don't embrace Elizabeth Warren are right wing idiots. There is not one single extreme thing about her.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 02:29 PM

11. Warren for President 2016!

This country can't survive many more dangerous pukes or useless centrist Dems

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 02:33 PM

12. Wasn't Altmire one of the Democrats trying to dump Holder over "Fast & Furious"?

And he's using the word extreme to describe Elizabeth Warren?

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 02:59 PM

13. They should realize that the repubs are after her

because when she speaks, people begin to get it. That will include many of the indies and mod repubs. That scares the repubs and the blue dogs better realize we'll win more of their side over with her speaking. (really she teaches)

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:25 PM

14. Maybe the Third Way Dems should go to the Repub convention and be more at home.

 

Or, should I say, "go back to the Repubs where they belong."?

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:26 PM

15. Warren is a centrist, if dogs have trouble they need to join the

 

Repuke Party whicih is closer to thier right-wing views.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:45 PM

17. There is nothing extreme about Elizabeth Warren

You can call yourself "centrist", but using a term like that marks the speaker as the radical. That's you, Mr. Altmire.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:49 PM

18. The "centrists" can take a flying leap for all I care

Their stances have hurt this country and watered down our party into repuke light. Ms Warren is a truth teller and a woman of the people. Hopefully she will stay that way when she get's to Washington.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:54 PM

19. Hey Altmire...

... she won't be speaking at the Teapublican convention, you'll feel right at home there anyway. bluemutt.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 04:52 PM

20. Fuck Woodchucks!

They're accomplishing something the republicans could only dream of: systematically destroying the left.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 04:56 PM

21. Actual Dems fret at idiot third wayers being in the party at all.

 

But apparently we must suffer their bought off asses. They're as bad as Republicans, worse really.

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Response to RandySF (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 04:57 PM

22. Extremist here. Go Elizabeth! Be extreme and oppose corporate rule.

Be extremist and be for we the people. Republicans and Republicrats beware.

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